Announcement: Scouting Around at Emily Oaks

Encourage your homeschoolers to enjoy the joys of autumn by exploring the natural world, learning new skills, and having fun outdoors at Emily Oaks Nature Center’s “Scoutin’ Around” program in Skokie this fall.Registration begins August 15 for Skokie residents and August 22 for non-residents. Registration deadline isFriday, September 5. Please mark your calendars!
 
Class Details (NEW This Season!)
Invite a friend–Scoutin’ Around will also be offered on Monday afternoons! Class time is extended from 1:15-3:30 p.m. Program registration includes the entire season of 9 or 10 weeks; weekly registration and refunds for missed classes will not be available.
 
Mondays (9 weeks)*
 
 
 
 
Age 6-7
9/8 – 11/10
1:15-3:30 p.m.
$84 Res / $105 Non
# 346031-40
Age 8-10
9/8 – 11/10
1:15-3:30 p.m.
$84 Res / $105 Non
# 346031-20
Tuesdays (10 weeks)
 
 
 
 
Age 4-5
(“Nature Neighbors” program)
9/9 – 11/11
1:15-3:30 p.m.
$180 Res / $225 Non
# 340421-02
Age 6-7
9/9 – 11/11
1:15-3:30 p.m.
$93 Res / $116 Non
# 346032-40
Age 8-10
9/9 – 11/11
1:15-3:30 p.m.
$93 Res / $116 Non
# 346032-20
* Monday class will be the same topic as Tuesday; please register for only 1 section. No class Monday 10/13.
 
Children will participate in age-appropriate play and learning activities with others in their age group. As in past seasons, each fall class includes a nature-focused topic or skill, outdoor games or activities, and creative endeavors like crafts, dramatic performances, or storytelling. Throughout the season, each child will maintain a journal/scrapbook to record information, drawings, and reflections from each class. Participants will also receive a weekly resource page to encourage further exploration at home.
 
This season’s weekly topics:
Weird & Wild Plants
Weird & Wild Animals
Canoeing on Emily Oaks Pond
Restoration Project at Emily Oaks
Nature Symphony & Sound
Stalk-Walking Skills
Autumn Leaves
Wilderness Survival
Planets
Super Soil

 

Residents of Skokie can register starting August 15, 2014

Non Residents can register starting August 22, 2014

Registration Information

Pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.SkokieParks.org or come to Emily Oaks in person. Payment in full will be due at the time of registration.

Online registration tips:

  1. Have your Skokie Park District Web ID and Password handy. (Call Emily Oaks and we can email your info to you if you have forgotten it.)
  2. Go to www.SkokieParks.org.
  3. Click big orange button on top right side of page called “Register and Search for Programs”.
  4. Enter ONLY the keyword “homeschool” or “neighbors” as search criteria.
  5. Click the shopping cart icon for the section you want to enroll a child in.
  6. “Checkout” with a credit card and wait for the receipt to show, confirming registration.

In order to provide a safe, positive experience for your children, we will abide by our minimum and maximum participant limits. Please register your children as soon as possible, as space is limited and registration will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Announcement: Informal Soccer Game for Homeschoolers

Ever had a dream in which you’re passing a genius ball that sets your team’s striker in a perfect position for a stoppage time winning goal?

……Now imagine what if that same striker is your own child? Or your dear mommy?

A world cup (late) recovery event and a warm-up to the upcoming HYSL new season

What: Non-competitive, multi-age, co-ed, free and very informal game for home school parents and youth (age limit: 6-106). Open for all skill levels: from experienced players to those seeking for fun, exercise and a good company.

When: Tuesday,  September 9th, from 5:30pm to dusk (or until the last player drops)

Where: Jefferson Park grass field: W Lawrence & Linder / 4822 N. Long Ave, Chicago – http://www. chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/ Jefferson-Memorial-Park/
Playground + spray in view from the field Food options across street

We’ll have a ball or two, 2 goals and colored jerseys
The only mandatory “to bring” is YOU + your good sports spirit
Cleats and shin guards and a water bottle may be useful but are not mandatory

Note: this event is not part of the HYSL season.
NO registration or RSVP, just come. See you on the field!

Questions and More Details:   Email Yael

Announcement: Homeschool Circus Arts Class

The new session of the Homeschool Circus Arts Class begins Friday September 5, 2014.
MSA & Circus Arts
1934 N. Campbell
Chicago, IL  60647
 
In previous years a great group kids from 6 years old to teenagers participate.  The kids are broken down into smaller groups to work on a variety of circus skills with multiple coaches.
 
Your child is welcome to come and try out a class with no obligation to see if circus class is a good fit.  If your child decides that they do not wish to continue to participate in the class then you do not need to pay for the trial class.  If your child would like to continue with circus classes then you pay for the entire session.  No refunds will be given after the second class.
 
Homeschool Circus Arts Class
This class is for students who want to pick up overall skills of the circus.  Everything from juggling, aerial trapeze, aerial silks, acrobats, hand balancing, trampoline, clowning, object balancing, diablo, plate spinning and much more.
Ages: 6-17
When: Friday 10:30am-12:00pm
Fall Session 1 2014 (8 weeks): September 5, 2014 – October 24, 2014
Cost: 1st child per family $180, 2nd child per family $160, 3rd child per family $25
To register for a class please just show up on the first day of class and pay with cash or check to MSA Circus Arts. Or register on the website http://msacircusarts.com/preschoolyouth-homeschool-circus-arts-class/
Questions please contact info@msacircusarts.com
 
If you would like to join the circus class but cannot make it to the first class, you are welcome to join at any time during the class session.  The cost of the class will be prorated the week that you join the class.
 
Make up classes: If your child is unable to make it to class during the session, your child can attend a comparable class during the class session.
 
Students enrolled in the Homeschool Circus Arts Class are invited to preform in the Student Showcases at the end of the session.  Students are welcome to perform in ensemble acts or individual acts with instructor permission.  Any child that would like to perform in the Student Showcase needs to attend the show rehearsals and one mandatory dress rehearsal.
 
Performance Date: Halloween Student Showcase October 26, 2014 at 3:00pm
 
Student Showcase Rehearsal Times: Sunday 10:30am – 12:00pm 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 and 10/12
 
Mandatory Dress Rehearsal for all Showcase StudentsSunday October 19, 2014 10:00am – 12:00pm
 
Cost: $30.00
We ask that students who would like to perform in the Student Showcase pay the performance fee to cover the cost of coaches for the 8 extra hours of rehearsal time.

Announcement: YouMedia for Teens

Calling unschooled and homeschooled teenagers!

For the past 4 years teens from all over Chicago have taken the train or bus to the downtown Chicago library each Thursday to gather in a unique space designed just for them. Youmedia homeschool teen club meets on thursdays 1:30-3:30pm to work on projects in the arts and media. It is open to homeschooled teens and has members from all over the Chicagoland region.

Activities at Youmedia are often student driven, and facilitator Matt Jensen works with them to help them accomplish their projects. Lately students have spent a lot of time in the maker lab working with 3D printers and vinyl cutters to design interesting art. Other projects in the past have included collaborative music, book clubs, decorating a library window, photgraphy in the loop and book binding techniques.

Youmedia homeschool teen club is open to all homeschooled teens in the Chicagoland area ages 13 and up. Must have a library card to participate. This is a drop off activity.

If you have any questions please contact Kim Campbell at kim@kimzyn.com.

To read about Youmedia visit:www.chipublib.org/youmedia

Dates: Ongoing year round-but attendance sparse in summer. Busy in fall and winter.

Times: Thursdays  1:30-3:30

Location: Harold Washington Library, 400 State Street, Chicago, Il

 

Announcement: AJ Collective Workshops new session starts Sept 18, 2014

I am pleased to announce that the registration for some really amazing homeschool classes is open now!

 

What is AJCW? You may have been wondering for some time….. Here is a little background on this wonderful nurturing community: http://www.nakitababy.com/ajcollective/

 

For full class descriptions, instructor contact information and to register, please visit:http://www.nakitababy.com/aj-collective-workshops-fall-1-2014/ for more details.

 

Look forward to seeing you this September!

Amy Jarjusey

 

Announcement: Edge of Orion classes

For 9 years EDGE Youth Theatre has been involved in the homeschooling community. They offer diverse classes for the raw beginner and the seasoned actor. From stage combat to history, from backstage to writing, you’ll love what we have…out here on the EDGE.
Orion Couling
Artistic Director EDGE Theatre
Fight Director and Designer
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EDGE Paranormal Research Society!
This class will explore by daylight the cemeteries of Chicago and the locations of its most notorious haunts. Learn Chicago history and the ghost that haunt it. Use the newest technologies and learn some old school techniques for finding spooks. Learn the legends and explore the mystery. This class meets at a different location every week. Families are encouraged to take this class together for a great discount! What could be better than a hot chocolate and a walk through a grave yard?
Ages: Ages: 6 and up with a parent and 10 and up otherwise
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm
Location: various locations
Enrollment: 6 Min/14 Max
Weeks: 5
Days a week: 1/Sunday
Class Duration: September 7th-October 5th
Notes: This class involves hiking, its rain or shine. Parents are encouraged to join
Cost: $125
“The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” performance class!
The Wardrobe stands waiting. It just needs see to walk through it. Join EDGE as we enter the brand new adaptation of the classic by Jared McDaris (Winter 2014’s Hobbit). Can Aslan defeat the white witch? Or will it always be winter and never Christmas? Join the struggle, for right, for light and FOR NARNIA!!
Ages: 7 and up
Time: Monday 10:30am-12:30pm (All Ensemble) AND Wednesday 12:45pm-2:45pm (select ensemble and Sr Ensemble)
Location: Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)
4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 20 Min/40 Max
Weeks:7
Days a week:2/ Monday and select Wednesdays
Rehearsal Duration: September 8th-October 22nd
Tech: Weds October 15th 10 am to 4Pm, October 19th 10 am-5pm
Performances: October 19th 7pm, October 20th Matinee Noon, October 21 Noon, and 7pm, October 22nd Noon matinee, 2pm cast party and strike
Notes: Professional costumer with assistance from family. PLZ NOTE THAT THIS IS A TWO DAY CLASS FOR SOME OF THE CAST SOMETIMES! If you can’t do both days YOU CAN STILL BE IN THE SHOW I just won’t be able to give you a huge role. the 2nd day is for me to work scenes that we may not get to in the Monday.The Price stays the same
Cost: $135.00 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
Bartitsu
Cane Fighting, Boxing, Umbrella Combat a gentlemen calls it Bartitsu! The original missed martial art in Victorian England! As read about in Sherlock Holmes unlock the secrets and use it on the stage in this unique stage combat class!
Ages: 10 & up
Time: 12:45pm-2:00pm
Day: Monday
Duration:  September 8th- October13th
Weeks: 6
Location:  Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)  4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 6 Min/14 Max
Cost:  $125.00 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
Improv for Anyone!
Professional improv artist, host of Improv Gladiators and one of our resident instructors  Miquela Cruz joins us for another session of Improv. Great for the shy actor, the actor who doesn’t think they’re funny and everyone else too. Games, challenges and oh so much laughter await you!
Ages: 10 & up
Time: 3:45pm-5:00pm
Day: Monday
Duration:  September 8th- October13th
Weeks: 6
Location:  Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)  4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 6 Min/14 Max
Cost:  $125.00 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
Strange accents and Funny Voices
Dialect work can be so much fun and a great skill for actors to bring character work to a piece. In this class learn the basic skills that you’ll need to sound like you are from England, France, Spain, Australia and possibly Narnian and  a protector of Gotham.
Ages: 10 & up
Time: 5:15pm-6:30pm
Day: Monday
Duration:  September 8th- October13th
Weeks: 6
Location:  Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)  4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 6 Min/14 Max
Cost:  $125.00 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
Battle Blaster-Zombie Apocalypse
You face them now. The countless hordes. You aren’t  locked in here with them, they are locked in here …with you! Explore tactics, projectile weapons, Melee and an ever changing scenario.  Sometimes you’re the hero, sometimes the zombie and sometimes, you are just lunch. This Nerf based class is all about exploring options, decision making and hand to eye coordination. Take that basketball!
“But wait my kid is just gonna whoop on and be whooped by kids for an hour?”
Yup!
“How is that educational?”
Uh… Books ya’ll it’s based on books! Also winning graciously, loosing with honor, tactics, courage, sacrifice, organization, time management and lots of other life lessons forged on the field of battle!!!
“Sorry I should’ve seen that! I wish I could quit my boring job, abandon my responsibilities  and come fight with you.”
Yup! Doooooooooo iiiiiitttttt!
Required: At least one nerf gun or bow and plenty of ammo. At least one nerf melee weapon. Clothes you can move in. Water bottle and snack.
Recommended: Eye protection and helmet (bike, kayak, sparring) cuz … Life man
Notes:
-weather permitting games may be held outside at a nearby park to be disclosed.
-Please note that drop-ins are welcome at a prorated rate but the minimum must still be enrolled.
-Nerf styled toys are cool. Doesn’t have to be name brands.
-Plan on losing or destroying your ammo. We’ll be sharing ammo too but we will not be arguing about who’s ammo belongs to who.
– Write your name on all your gear! There is no guarantee that your gear will survive this class.
Ages: 7-17 (if two distinct ages groups form well adjust)
When: 10:15am-11:45am
Day:  Wednesday
Dates: September 10, 17,24, October 1,8,15
Weeks: 7
Location: Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)  4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 6 Min/20 Max
Cost: $125 (sibling discounts and multi-class discounts apply)
Acting in a Drama
This non performance class gets into the nitty gritty of scene work. When the stakes are high, when its win or loose, how do you play the scene? Explore scripts and your ability to convey the story in this scene study class.
Ages: 10 and up
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Enrollment: 4 Min/14 Max
Location: Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)
4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Weeks: 6
Days a week: 1/ Wednesday
Class Duration: Sept 10th-October 15th
Performances:None
Cost: $125 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
Tech Ninja- British Authors Edition
Our ongoing task of creating the incredible worlds we need for our shows. With Victorian England and the battlefields of Narnia looming we have our work cut, hot glued, and chopped out for us. Scenic painting, basic light design, and and emphasis on props!
Ages: 10 and up
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Enrollment: 4 Min/10 Max
Location: Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)
4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Weeks: 7
Days a week: 1/ Wednesday
Class Duration: Sept 10th-October 22
Performances: If you are not in show, you are required to crew show!
Notes: You will need work clothes for the class and black clothes for the show
Cost: $135 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
The Art of the Ghost Story- Performance optional Class
Explore the world of story telling a proper ghost story. Learn the techniques behind the art and the flare to bring it to life. Read stories aloud and hear versions of Chicago legends. This class ends with a wonderful evening of story telling by Orion Couling and  any participants who want to terrify the audience.
Ages: 10 and up
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)
4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 4 Min/10 Max
Weeks: 6
Days a week:1/ Wednesday
Rehearsal Duration: September 10th-October 15th
Performances: October 15th 5:00 pm
Notes:
Cost: $125 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
“We Almost Had Him” performance class!
Our teen ensemble is invited to join a host of villains as they retelling the time they nearly thwarted Sherlock Holmes. A new script by Jared McDaris inspired by a Batman story, this show promises to weave intrigue and action in true Sherlockian Style!
Ages: Ages: ages 12 and up (some very dedicated 10-11may be allowed to join)
Time: Monday 2:15pm-3:30pm (All Ensemble) AND Wednesday 4:15pm-5:15pm (select ensemble)
Location: Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue (Right of the Western Brown Line Stop)
4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Enrollment: 10 Min/40 Max
Weeks:7
Days a week:2/ Monday and select Wednesdays
Rehearsal Duration: September 8th-October 15th
Tech: Sunday October 12th 10 am to 4Pm,
Performances: October 12th 7pm, Tuesday the 14th 4 pm and 7pm, Weds the 15th 7pm
Notes: Professional costumer with assistance from family. PLZ NOTE THAT THIS IS A TWO DAY CLASS FOR SOME OF THE CAST SOMETIMES! If you can’t do both days YOU CAN STILL BE IN THE SHOW I just won’t be able to give you a huge role. the 2nd day is essential because rehearsal period is so short
Cost: $135.00 (Sibling discount and multi-class discount apply)
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Multiple Child Discount – If you have already enrolled one child in a class from your immediate family, select this price to enroll another
Multiple Class Discount – If you have already enrolled this child in another class, select this price to enroll this child in a class
Bundled Discount – If you have already enrolled this child in another class, AND you’ve enrolled another child in another class, use this discount
Online Fee Discount – We know fees are a drag but its way easier of us to be on our game when people enroll online. We are trying out a new discount. Keep a tally of the dollar amount of the fees you payed and well give that to you in tickets. If you spend $14 bucks in fees, that’s $14 worth of tickets.
Early Sign Up Ticket Give Away – If you sign your crew and pay online for the next session before the end if he current session your family will get two free tickets for the next sessions plays
Refer a Fiend Ticket Give Away – On the registration form there is a new option to say who referred you. If a new member writes your name you get 4 free tickets to an upcoming production!
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Announcement: Reading and Western Literature Class

Class: Reading and Western Literature

This class will read and discuss various works of Western literature, at roughly the junior year of high school level. The aim is to have more fun by becoming improved readers, which allows for greater competence, which allows for still more fun. We will use the historical approach, the material approach, the structural approach, any approach that looks promising and expands the continuing revelation that reading can be. That last sentence clause sounds a little heavy, but I’m going to stick with it until informed otherwise.

 

Probable works: Oedipus Rex, Beowulf, the Seafarer, Common Sense, the Purloined Letter, Song of Myself
(Bonus: These are all in the public domain and easily found online)
Age:  13+

Class time: Tuesdays, 10:30am-Noon

Class dates: September 9-October 28(8 weeks)

Class fee: $120 (Drop-in $15)

Instructor: Ben Huizenga

Location: Ben’s house, Northside of Chicago.

 

Please email me if you would like to register your child.  Ben will take payment on the first day of class.

Denyse Ffrench, Class Organizer

I have organized a literature class for teens with Ben Huizenga.  The class is open for registration now.  This class grew out of the my son’s desire to do more work with literature at a high school level and participate with other kids.   He has chosen to continue to homeschool/ unschoool through high school age but also is feeling like he wants to do some organized work appropriate to that level.  I think this class will be fun and also meet the needs/desires of our older kids who want autonomy but also some structure.